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Overheard in the Art World

by The Editors on May 11, 2012

In this week's "New Yorker"

We’re in Soho on Tuesdays, the Lower East Side on Wednesdays, Chelsea on Thursdays. We go to openings, art fairs, auctions, performances, lectures, galas, member events, after-parties. (Oh the afterparties!) WE are the New York Art World, though we do travel, so we’re really everywhere.

Every Friday, we post things in “Overheard in the Art World.” #OHAW Honestly, art world, don’t take yourself so seriously.

This week the art fair madness continued, opening itself up (and our ears) to the “general public” after ushering the “VIPs” last week. Below are this week’s confessions, insights and let’s face it, ignorance. (Google before you speak, art world.)

“I think the venue is better than the art.”
— overheard at the 2012 Frieze Art Fair New York

“There’s only old people in there.”
— overheard at the 2012 Nada Art Fair New York

“That would make a good scratching post for my cat.”
— overheard at the 2012 Frieze Art Fair New York

“I’m not going to Frieze. We pre-sold the work so I’d have nothing to do.”
— overheard at the 2012 Frieze Art Fair New York VIP opening at PS1

Person 1: “What are you going to confess?”
Person 2: “That I had sex with a married man on coke.”
Person 1: “In this room, that won’t count as a confession.”
— overheard at the Glenn O’Brien and Richard Prince opening

“Who is Ann Pasternak?”
— overheard at the Creative Time Gala (hint: Pasternak is Creative Time’s president and creative director)

“I thought they wanted to sell art. Some of this stuff is bigger than my living room.”
— overheard at the 2012 Frieze Art Fair New York

“I didn’t know school buses have padded backs and seat belts.”
— overheard at the 2012 Frieze Art Fair New York

“I wish they sold furniture to go with the art.”
— overheard at the 2012 Pulse Art Fair New York

“They’ve at every fair, I think Roberta’s should start selling art.”
— overheard at the 2012 Frieze Art Fair New York

“Are they selling wallpaper?”
— overheard at the Gagosian booth at 2012 Frieze Art Fair New York (pic)

“They’re friends of the artist, of course they’re going to say they like it.”
— overheard at the 2012 Pulse Art Fair New York

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